Jewell jokes that he’d mentally begun writing his resignation letter
PAUL Jewell lives to fight another day as Ipswich Town manager – but he knows everything in the garden is far from rosy.
The Blues boss semi-joked that he had begun mentally writing his resignation letter when his lacklustre side trailed Barnsley 2-0 at half-time on Saturday.
However, in front of a global television audience, Town produced an inspired second-half display to win 5-3 and prevent an eighth consecutive Championship defeat.
A major vulnerability at set-pieces, as well as the fact that both Danny Collins and Keith Andrews – who grabbed three of the five goals between them – are set to return to their parent clubs over the coming weeks, remains a major concern though.
“I was asking Hutch [assistant manager Chris Hutchings] how to spell ‘Yours Sincerely’,” said Jewell, with a smile, when asked what was going through his mind at 2-0.
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But when asked if he had seriously started to consider walking away, or the prospect of being sacked, Jewell added: “There’s no point in me worrying about my own position.
“I’ve had nothing but support from [owner] Marcus Evans, it’s been a tough time but he’s just kept telling me to keep going.
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“If you lose seven matches on the bounce then you’re going to be under pressure. All you’ve got to do is keep going and believe in yourself.
“The fact remains that we’ve conceded far too many goals and if we continue to do that then we’re still going to struggle.
“We’re still a long way from where we want to be. It’s not going to happen overnight.
“I think some people think it can, but it certainly won’t.”